Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT ) is an American Fortune 100 corporation which designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, markets and sells machinery, engines, financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. It is the world's largest construction equipment manufacturer
| 1883 :Brothers Charles Henry Holt and Benjamin Holt found the Stockton Wheel Company in Stockton, California.
1904:Holt produces the first commercially successful caterpillar-style tractor, or crawler, which is soon sold under the Caterpillar brand.
1908:Holt Manufacturing produces its first gas-powered crawlers; Daniel Best sells his company to Holt.
1909:Holt establishes an eastern manufacturing operation by purchasing a plant in Peoria, Illinois.
1910:Best's son, C.L. Best, forms his own tractor manufacturing company, C.L. Best Gas Tractor Company.
1925:Holt Manufacturing and C.L. Best Gas Tractor merge to form Caterpillar Tractor Company.
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